45-acre Nature Preserve with boardwalk overlooks and wildlife.
The Piney Orchard Nature Preserve in Anne Arundel County, Maryland is the result of wetland restoration efforts begun in 1987. The 100-acre Preserve includes wetlands, woodlands, open grassy areas, sandy dry stream beds, and freshwater ponds. Approximately 5 miles of walking trails and paved bike trails give residents access to the Preserve and connect with the many paved paths within the larger community of Piney Orchard.
In 1996, the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve was officially opened, with walking trails, bird boxes, and interpretive signs enhancing the environment and enjoyment of this lovely green space. In the course of monitoring the development of the Preserve, several rare, threatened, and endangered species of plants were identified by various scientists with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Department of the Environment, who continue to visit the site with much interest and enthusiasm.
The Piney Orchard Nature Preserve is bounded by the Little Patuxent River on the south, the WBA Trail of Anne Arundel County, MD on the east, Md Route 170/Patuxent Road on the west, and the Piney Orchard neighborhoods of River's Edge, Nature's Trail, River Colony, River Run, and Brookwood on the north. The Preserve is of about 100 acres, rising from the floodplain of the Little Patuxent River on the Magothy and Matawan land formations, and includes wetlands, woodlands, open grassy areas, sandy dry stream beds, and freshwater ponds.
Approximately 5 miles of walking trails and paved bike trails give residents access to the Preserve and connect with the many paved paths within the larger community of Piney Orchard. The WBA Trail project of the Recreation and Parks Department of Anne Arundel County, completed it's first AA Co phase in 2004.
When all three phases are completed, it will connect to the larger county trail system, which together form part of the East Coast Greenway system of trails, stretching all along the eastern coastal United States. The WBA Trail will eventually connect to already completed portions in Prince George's County, MD, and will be part of the American Discovery Trail, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean at Henlopen State Park in Delaware, to the Pacific Ocean in Point Reyes National Seashore near San Francisco, CA.
Nature Preserve Trail Map (1289 KB)
trail-map (57 KB)